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Looking for something to do? Add these Cincinnati African American events to your calendar.

Black Cincinnatians can routinely and affordably enjoy the performing arts, fine arts, entertainers, religious services, professional development training and program initiatives that help us improve our physical and mental health. We are also very fortunate that nationally-known African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

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Sohrab Hura Cincinnati ExhibitSohrab Hura Exhibit
October 5 – February 2
Cincinnati Art Museum
Contemporary Indian photographer Sohrab Hura reveals an 83-picture suite, in which Hura explores themes of connection, perspective, and place.




Journey to Freedom: Quilt Exhibit
December 13 – March 15
Taft Museum of Art
$8 – $12
In this storied display, renowned fiber artist Cynthia Lockhart tells the heroic and joyful stories of her ancestors through boundary-pushing quilts.


The Lion King Broadway Musical
January 8 – February 2
Aronoff Center
$60 – $120
Giraffes strut.  Birds swoop.  Gazelles leap.  The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.



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Motel X CincinnatiMotel X Exhibit
January 11 – April 5
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
$5 – $15
This exhibit brings awareness to human trafficking and what actions can stop it.


Aretha: The Queen of Soul Cincinnati TributeAretha: The Queen of Soul Cincinnati Tribute
January 17
Aronoff Center
7:30 p.m.
$37.75 – $51.75
Tribute to Aretha Franklin’s iconic career.


Contemporary Dance Theater performanceContemporary Dance Theater presents Ronald K. Brown: Evidence
January 24 – 25
Aronoff Center
8 p.m.
$25 – $35
This performance will include music from Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Jr. and more.


Rickey Smiley CincinnatiRickey Smiley Comedy Show
January 24 – 25
Liberty Funny Bone
$40 – $50
Comedian, television host, and top-rated nationally syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley!


All The WAll the Way Cincinnatiay Play
January 24 – February 15
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
$28 – $71
President Lyndon B. Johnson struggles to get the hotly contested Civil Rights Act across the finish line.


Blues For An Alabama Sky PlayBlues For An Alabama Sky Cincinnati
January 24 – February 8
Falcon Theatre
$15 – $25
It’s the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression.


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra SingulisCincinnati Symphony Orchestra Proof: Singulis Et Stimul
January 29
Music Hall
7:30 p.m.
The show is a celebration of femininity in the African American transgender community.


Cincinnati Pops Gershwin's RhapsodyCincinnati Pops Presents Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
January 31 – February 2
Music Hall
$25 – $130
Celebrated jazz pianist Marcus Roberts makes his Cincinnati Pops debut with John Morris Russell.


Remembering James Cincinnati MusicalRemember James The Musical
February 1
The Carnegie Theatre
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
$29 – $58
This musical stars Broadway World Awards Nominee Dedrick Weathersby, as The Godfather of Soul.


AmericUsAmericUS by Universes Play
February 1 –  March 8
Playhouse in the Park
$10 – $50
Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues.


Moving Images: Daughters of DustDaughters of Dust Film
February 6
Cincinnati Art Museum
7 p.m.
Free Entry
Film shows multi-generational families in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina struggle to maintain their cultural heritage.


Daddy Daughter Dinner DanceDaddy Daughter Dinner Dance
February 8
Duke Energy Convention Center
6 p.m.
Special evening of dinner, dancing, a keepsake professional daddy-daughter photo and prizes.


Comedy Laugh Fest CincinnatiComedy Laugh Fest Tour
February 15
Cintas Center
8 p.m.
$49 – $125
See comedic heavy-hitters Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Deon Cole, Earthquake and Nephew Tommy!


Cincinnati Pops LedisiCincinnati Pops Featuring Ledisi
February 18
Music Hall
7 p.m.
In her Cincinnati Pops debut, nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi offers her amazing vocals


Thrive Cincinnati ConcertThrive: WE ARE
February 20
Woodward Theater
9 p.m.
This concert will feature performing artists Vibe-One, Dayo Gold, Chris Crooks, and Jaybee Lamahj. Discount tickets are available. 


Negro Melodies of AmericaNegro Melodies of American Concert
February 27
Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
7 p.m.
Free Entry
Pianist Dr. Leah Claiborne will perform piano works by black composers.


Something Over Something Else Exhibit
February 28 – May 24
Cincinnati Art Museum
$0 – $16
Exhibit expresses the struggle and triumphs of African Americans.



Festival of Laughs CincinnatiFestival of Laughs
February 29
Heritage Bank Center
8 p.m.
$49 – $129
See comedian heavyweights Sommore, Gary Owen, Mark Curry, Tommy Davidson, and Michael Blackson. Click to get discount tickets.


Mardi Gras CincinnatiMardi Gras: Leap Year, Leather & Lace
February 29
Kolping Center
9 p.m.
Come prepared to party all night in your leather and lace. No sneakers or jeans allowed.


Annie Jr. Cincinnati MusicalAnnie Jr. Musical
February 29 – March 9
Taft Theatre
Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.



Cincinnati Prince ExperienceThe Prince Experience
March 6
9 p.m.
Gabriel Sanchez performs and celebrates Prince.


Lauryn Hill CincinnatiLauryn Hill Concert
March 10
Taft Theatre
9 p.m.
$56 – $251
Multi-platinum artist with classic hits including Doo-Wop.


Ladysmith Black MambazoLadysmith Black Mambazo Cincinnati
March 11
Memorial Hall
$26 – $42
South Africa’s Five Time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is here to provide you with warm feelings all over of love, laughter and music.


The Agitators playThe Agitators Play
March 20 – April 4
Falcon Theatre
A riveting story about the friendship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.


2020 Millennium Tour2020 Millennium Tour
April 25
Heritage Bank Center
8 p.m.
$45.50 – $350
Don’t miss Omarion, Bow Wow, Ying Yang Twins, Sammie, Ashanti, Pretty Ricky, Soulja Boy and Lloyd! Click to see how you can get discount tickets.


Jazzmeia Horn ConcertJazzmeia Horn Cincinnati
May 1
Aronoff Center
7:30 p.m.
Tickets On Sale Soon
The honorable jazz vocalist will be performing songs from her new album, alongside jazz standards.


Dada Rafiki ConversationsDada Rafiki: Conversations 
May 8
Aronoff Center
7 p.m.
Multi-sensory artistic experience of theater, dance, storytelling, music, and spoken word, honoring the legacy and impact of women.


Trevor Noah Cincinnati Stand UpTrevor Noah – Loud & Clear Comedy Stand-Up
May 9
Aronoff Center
7 p.m.
$45 – $99.50
Listen to him talk about his upbringing in South African upbringing, politics and more!


Talking Dreads CincinnatiMystic Bowies Talking Dreads Concert
May 21
Ludlow Garage
8:30 p.m.
$15 – $20
Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to party Reggae style.


MUSE CincinnatiMUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir Concert
May 30
Memorial Hall
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Spring concert to uplift and speak life and power to ALL women.


Yolo: Walk Through Fire World TourYola Cincinnati
June 14
Taft Theatre
8 p.m.
$20 – $25
Hear call country soul and special guest Amythyst Kiah.


Juneteenth CincinnatiCincinnati Juneteenth Festival
June 20 – 21
Eden Park
Free Entry
Features live R&B music and vendors of clothing, art and food.


Castor and PatienceCastor and Patience Cincinnati Opera
July 16 – 26
School for Creative and Performing Arts
Tickets On Sale Soon
Centers on two members of an African American family who find themselves at odds over the fate of a historic parcel of land they have inherited.



Norn Lewis Cincinnati


Norm Lewis: Naughty or Nice Concert
December 4 – 5
Aronoff Center
Tickets On Sale Soon
Get into the holiday spirit with the sweet sound of Norm Lewis.



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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

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  1. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  2. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  3. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

  4. It’s wonderful to have events that spotlight the wonderful gifts, talents, and abilities of my ethnic group. Please continue your amazing work.

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